am writing to you in regard to the April 4 article, "Feral
says fight will be fierce," by Joel Gay. I was born and
raised in Dillingham, and my grandparents and their families
are from Nome.
have eaten seal since I was a baby and I'm sure that many other
Alaska Natives have too.
"She witnessed the annual Pribilof Islands fur seal harvest,
in which thousands of animals were clubbed to death and their
pelts sold for furs," is a half truth. It says nothing
about how we ate the meat or utilized the animal for food (for
example, the intestines, heart, liver, brain matter, etc.),
which insinuates that we are wasteful people. We Alaska Natives
have never been wasteful with our subsistence foods. Our native
foods are very precious to us. Also, we are very proud of our
culture, heritage and diversity.
some lame ideas," she says. Yes, aerial wolf hunting is
a little unfair, but it's to balance the population of predator
to prey, not for "boosting moose stocks for subsistence
Feral or anyone else lived in a rural village for two weeks,
they would have a better understanding of our way of life --
our fishing, hunting and trapping.
Samantha Small / Anchorage